January 13 2020
UK January 2020 – Avon Products Inc. (NYSE: AVP): Jennifer Young, a member of Think Tree, has won the Beauty Accelerator Programme, one of the categories at the European Women Startup Competition, in London.
Beauty Despite Cancer, Jennifer’s revolutionary skincare range for those living with and beyond cancer, was selected from more than 300 applications from across Europe, the United States and United Kingdom to win the top prize. The win at the competition, sponsored by Avon, will see Jennifer work with the global beauty brand to help take her product to its next stage of success.
With a background in biology and beauty therapy, Jennifer entered the world of cancer support when some of the women at her local NHS hospital asked her to work with them and create specialist skincare and cosmetics for those going through treatment. Beauty Despite Cancer was born from Jennifer’s determination to find a solution to the many skin and nail side-effects that cancer patients suffer from.
Group Vice President, Research & Development and Chief Scientific Officer of Avon, Louise Scott, said: “We were pleased to see all of the amazing entries to the Beauty Accelerator Programme this year at the Women Startup Competition. Avon is committed to making top quality beauty and science readily available to everyone, and we’ve been backing female entrepreneurs for more than 130 years so there’s a great deal of alignment in our missions. With more than 360,000 new cancer diagnosis’ each year1, Jennifer’s products are not only necessary but have great purpose too. We’re excited to be in contact with Jennifer and exploring how we may be able to work together as we move forward.”
Founder of Jennifer Young and Beauty Despite Cancer, Jennifer Young, commented: “Words can’t describe how grateful I am for the opportunity I have been given by Avon. Participating in the competition was a tremendous experience as I was able to meet women who do amazing work. I am thrilled to be working with Avon and am excited for what the future has in store.”
The Beauty Accelerator Programme is part of the Women Startup Competition European Competition Roadshow, a yearly startup competition series across Europe with the mission to give early-stage female-founded or female-led startups brand exposure and pitching opportunity. The final event, hosted in London, saw the finalists pitch to a panel of international investors, press, corporate executives and angel investors.
To learn more about the Women Startup Competition and how you can enter next year’s competition visit: www.womenstartupcompetition.com
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Notes to editors
- Cancer Research UK, 2019: There were 363,484 new cases of cancer per year in the UK, 2014-2016 average.
About Avon Products Inc.
For more than 130 years Avon has stood for women: providing innovative, quality beauty products which are primarily sold to women, through women. Millions of independent sales Representatives across the world sell iconic Avon brands such as Avon Color and ANEW through their social networks, building their own beauty businesses on a full- or part-time basis. Avon supports women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship and well-being and has donated over $1billion to women’s causes through Avon and the Avon Foundation. Learn more about Avon and its products at www.avonworldwide.com. #stand4her
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